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The T3sk3y Defenestrator

Minneathlon 2.0 post-mortem

Willy Wonka: Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.
Mrs. Teevee: That’s 105 percent.

It’s always a little sad when a project goes live. On one hand, you’re thrilled to have it see the light of day – but on the other hand, it’s all over. The latest iteration of the Minneathlon was like that for me. I sort of felt like Willy Wonka on Friday, showing all the holders of the “golden tickets” the Chocolate Factory that we call the Minneathlon.

(a little background for those not in the know – the Minneathlon is an Urban Race – similar to “The Amazing Race” that my company (Logic Product Development) does a couple of times per year. As a former finalist, I got the opportunity to coordinate this race)

Willy Wonka: Little surprises around every corner, but nothing dangerous.

It was great fun planning the route. Along with the committee, I had to dream up a route and populate it with interesting challenges, puzzles, dead ends, trap doors, and other ‘points of interest’. In the end, I thought we had a doozie of a route that included everything from Diltoids to Altoids.

Willy Wonka: This little piece of gum is a three course dinner.
Mr. Salt: Bull.
Willy Wonka: No, roast beef. But I haven’t got it quite right yet.

All in all, the race went great. The 8.75-mile course ended up deciding the winners on brain rather than brawn. The real differentiator was the challenge that we had in Loring Park, where you had to spell letters in the ground by connecting unique words on the poem benches. Half the teams got it – the others didn’t.

Charlie Bucket: Mr. Wonka, they won’t really be burned in the furnace, will they?
Willy Wonka: Well, I think that furnace is only lit every other day, so they have a good sporting chance, haven’t they?

In the end, a big congratulations goes out to Team Lefty and Skinny for winning the big prize. They finished the course in 3:15, or about :15 faster than our test runs.

Oompa Loompas: / Oompa loompa doompadee doo / I’ve got another puzzle for you / Oompa loompa doompadah dee / If you are wise you’ll listen to me

As for Minneathlon 3.0? I want to run again.. 🙂

Check out the official website (as featured on Wired.com) at: Minneathlon.com

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